According to an article in New York magazine, loss of sleep is responsible for many of the ailments we face today:
- "Sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories yet recall gloomy memories just fine"
- "Sleep loss also elevates the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is lipogenic, meaning it stimulates your body to make fat,"
- "... experiment shortening adults’ sleep to six hours a night. After two weeks, they reported they were doing okay. Yet on a battery of tests, they proved to be just as impaired as someone who has stayed awake for 24 hours straight."
- "On average, children who sleep less are fatter than children who sleep more."
- Sleep deficiency "has the power to set [kids'] cognitive abilities back years."
“Of all the arguments I’ve heard over school start-times, not one person has argued that children learn more at 7:15 a.m. than at 8:30.” (Dr. Mark Mahowald, U Minnesota professor who runs a sleep clinic)
Too late. 14 years too late.